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MSU Extension and Gallatin/Big Sky Noxious Weed Committee to offer small acre management course

March 12, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County and the Gallatin/Big Sky Noxious Weed Committee will offer a six-week small acre management course about developing pasture management plans. The course, which will be offered on Mondays from April 14 through May 19, will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Animal Bioscience building on the MSU campus. The course also includes one weekend afternoon in the field.

Each class will be devoted to a specific topic and provides landowners basic knowledge and skills to understand the soil, water and plant resources on their properties. Class participants will also create goals for a sustainable grazing system for their animals. Jennifer Mohler from the Gallatin/Big Sky Noxious Weed Committee and Brad Bauer and Emily Lockard, MSU Extension agents in Gallatin County, will present the program.

Participants will receive aerial photos, soil survey maps and a variety of soil reports to learn about the capabilities and limitations of their soils from a pasture production perspective. The program will include information about weed ecology, identification and methods for control; the basics of plant growth, response to grazing/mowing, common pasture and forest plant species; and grazing principles and management, which will assist in creating a grazing management plan.

Cost for the course is $75, which includes one set of classroom materials. Participants may also reserve space for two people to attend and share materials. The course is limited to 30 people. Registration is payable by check or cash to Gallatin County MSU Extension by Monday, March 31. Participants may register at the MSU Extension office in Gallatin County or mail the registration fee, along with the participant’s name, phone number, address of property and email address, to 201 W. Madison Ave. Ste. 300, Belgrade, Mont., 59714. Call MSU Extension in Gallatin County at (406) 388-3213 for more information.

More information about MSU Extension in Gallatin County is also available on the web at http://www.gallatinextension.com.

Contact: MSU Extension in Gallatin County, gallatin@montana.edu or (406) 388-3213